UPDATE: Below, we said that “Ferrari” would be heading straight to streaming with its Sky Cinema deal, but it’s also going to have a theatrical release, as well. The original article is below…
One of our most anticipated films of 2023 is, without a doubt, Michael Mann’s “Ferrari” biopic starring Adam Driver in the lead role. This is a film that is not only Mann’s first since 2015’s less-than-stellar “Blackhat,” but also features one of the very best actors working today. It seems almost too good to fail. Unfortunately, outside of the UK, apparently, there are still lots of questions about when/how it will be released.
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According to a new report from Variety, Michael Mann’s “Ferrari” is one of several films that will be picked up by Sky Cinema in the UK and will be released at some point in 2023. As the title implies, “Ferrari” is the story of Enzo Ferrari, the man behind the car manufacturer. Not much else is known about the film, other than the fact that Driver stars in the feature. While you may be surprised to know that the film is getting a streaming release in the UK, it’s actually not all that shocking when you realize the reason why “Ferrari” is stuck in a bit of distribution limbo at the moment.
In a report from late last year (via Deadline), it was revealed that there still quite a few questions about how “Ferrari” might be distributed. You see, “Ferrari” is a film that was produced by STX Entertainment, which is a now-defunct studio. While filming was taking place for Mann’s new feature, STX was going through some major changes, as the studio was looking for a buyer and then eventually trying to figure out how to be a production house but not a distributor. This means that a lot of the films that STX was producing over the past couple of years have been in a sort of release limbo, trying to figure out who might distribute these features.
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In the case of some of the movies, such as Guy Ritchie’s new action-comedy, “Operation Fortune,” a January theatrical release was discussed but now the film currently doesn’t have a release schedule and might actually get sold off to a streaming service. However, with “Ferrari,” with Driver and Mann involved, it appears that this film might actually get a theatrical release, possibly with Lionsgate. Unfortunately, all of that is still up in the air and nothing has been confirmed.
That said, it is heartening to know “Ferrari” is getting released in the UK this year, as it points to the strong possibility that a North American release will be announced at some point soon. Obviously, the hope is to have “Ferrari” receive a theatrical release, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Also, the Sky Cinema news was announced alongside a new image from “Ferrari,” which you can see below: